Monica Ji Yoon Mun is this year’s winner of the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra’s annual Concerto Competition for Young Musicians. Photo Contributed

Flutist Monica Ji Yoon Mun wins Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra’s concerto competition

Mun is currently a principal flute player with the University of Victoria’s Orchestra

Monica Ji Yoon Mun won over the jury with her rendition of the Pastoral Fantasy by Franz Doppler.

Her playing of the song made her this year’s winner of the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra’s annual Concerto Competition for Young Musicians. The 21-year-old flutist was awarded a $400 prize and an opportunity to perform as a guest artist during the orchestra’s June concerts.

Mun is originally from South Korea and was raised in Nanaimo. She began learning how to play the flute when she was nine. She studied at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music with instructor Cindy Speelman.

She is currently in her third year pursuing a bachelor of music with a major in music history from the University of Victoria.

Mun has performed with Vancouver Island University’s Wind Symphony and Musical Theatre Orchestra and is currently a principal flute player in the UVic Orchestra.

Second place in the competition went to oboist Jonah Chua and third place went to oboist Daniel Wang.

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